iPhone X: How to Close & Force Quit Apps

There are two different ways to close apps on the iPhone. You can close an app by returning to Home screen, but it will still be in the background. To completely close an app, or force close an app that isn’t working properly, you’ll need to open the App Switcher. Since the iPhone X has no Home button, the ways in which you close apps on iPhone is the same but performed differently. We’ll go over how to close apps and how to force quit apps on your new iPhone X.

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When you close an app on iPhone, you’ve really just hidden it from sight. Having many apps open in the background won’t affect your battery life unless you have Background App Refresh turned on. So it’s not an issue to have multiple apps open in the background, but every now and again it’s good to close all of your apps by force quitting them in the App Switcher. Especially if you use the App Switcher to multitask, you likely don’t want a lot of apps hanging around there that aren't essential. First, we’ll go over how to close apps on iPhone X, which is the same process as returning to Home screen on iPhone X. Then, we’ll cover how to force close apps, which is the same as completely closing an app on your iPhone X.

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How to Close an App on iPhone X

  • From within the app, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  • This will take you back to Home screen and close the app, thereby hiding it in the background.

If swiping up from the bottom of the screen isn’t specific enough, look for the little horizontal bar that hangs out down there. You can use that as a visual cue of where to swipe up from. If you don’t want closed apps hanging out in the background, the next part of the article will show you how to force close those apps.

How to Force Quit an App on iPhone X

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your screen stopping about a third to a half of the way up.
  • You’ll feel a small vibration as the Haptic Feedback lets you know you’ve activated the App Switcher.

  • Release and the App Switcher will open with the various apps you have open in the background.
  • On iPhone X, tap and hold any one of the apps. A red circle will appear in the upper left corner of each app. You can then tap the red circle to force close any or all of the apps in your App Switcher.

On every other iPhone model, apps in the App Switcher are force closed by simply swiping up. And to be honest, I’m very perplexed as to why Apple didn’t leave that the same for the iPhone X. Alas, the company’s courage continues to frustrate early adopters everywhere.

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